Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Simple Tutorial for Making a Book Video



Seriously, if I can do it, ANYONE can. If you have Microsoft Windows, just download Photo Story 3. I chose this software instead of Movie Maker because I figured I'd be working with still shots, not streaming video, and I wanted the easiest program, yet one that would provide enough options to make it interesting. You may, as I did, need to download an updated media player, but both Photo Story 3 and the media player are FREE downloads. I found FREE photos from Big Stock Photo. Now, I know I could have paid for photos that might have been more targeted, but part of this exercise was to do it all for FREE. Photo Story 3 walks you through the easy steps, ending with adding the audio track, which is synchronized with the length of your video. Then, all you have to do is download it to YouTube (you'll need to create an account first, but that takes about 1 minute). YouTube gives you the option of changing the audio track (also for FREE), but if you do that (which I did for this one), you have to match a track that is the same length as your video. (It doesn't automatically synchronize like Photo Story 3.) And VOILA! Any questions, students?

5 comments:

  1. Ooooh! thank you! I am so useless at this sort of thing....

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  2. Let me know if you hit a snag, Jasmine. It's great fun to do.

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  3. Sounds like a great option! I do use Movie Maker and love it, and it does work for still images. But now I'm curious about Photo Story! Thanks for sharing this.

    --Lisa
    http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com

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  4. Lisa, I'm one of those gals who doesn't do well with TOO many options, so I thought Movie Maker might be a stretch for my wobbly technical capabilities. Thanks for the information about Movie Maker. I'm building up to it.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. For Mac users there is iMovie, iPhoto. :)

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